Saw V (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Saw V (2008)



Critic Consensus: If its plot were as interesting as its torture devices, or its violence less painful than its performances, perhaps Saw V might not feel like it was running on fumes.

Movie Info

Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) might be dead, but his traps live on in this fifth Saw entry, which finds the series' production designer David Hackl at the helm for his debut directing gig. Costas Mandylor reprises his role as Hoffman, the detective whose involvement in the string of grisly murders turns out to be more than meets the eye. Picking up where the fourth entry left off, Hoffman is revealed to be a hidden accomplice in Jigsaw's grisly games of death, which look to be continued by the lawman. The plot bounces back and forth from the beginning of their relationship to the present, as Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) delves farther into the case. Also in the cast are Dexter's Julie Benz and One Missed Call's Meagan Good as victims of another one of Jigsaw's lessons in morality. Saw IV scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan return to pen the screenplay for the Twisted Pictures/Lionsgate co-production.more
Rating: R (for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2009
Box Office: $56.7M
Lionsgate - Official Site


Tobin Bell
as Jigsaw/John
Costas Mandylor
as Mark Hoffman
Scott Patterson
as Agent Strahm
Mark Rolston
as Dan Erickson
Greg Bryk
as Mallick
Donnie Wahlberg
as Eric Mathews
Danny Glover
as David Tapp
Al Sapienza
as Chief of Police
Mike Realba
as Detective Fisk
Carlo Rota
as Charles
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News & Interviews for Saw V

Critic Reviews for Saw V

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (17)

Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Even the most die-hard of Saw fans won't credit how tedious, lame and pointless this fourth sequel manages to be.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

The best thing about this-and any-Saw film is the sick production design. Whoever's responsible for creating these disgustingly grungy chambers of death deserves an Oscar for scuzziness.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

See you next year, I guess. Sigh.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Será que os fãs da série não percebem que o conceito dos flashbacks e de mexer com a cronologia dos capítulos anteriores é uma forma encontrada pelos produtores para que possam refazer o original de novo e de novo e de novo?

January 17, 2010
Cinema em Cena

A disappointing film that breaks all of the series' own rules.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for Saw V


The series has definitely run out of gas, proving that killing Jigsaw in the third film was a big mistake. Most of what we see here is nothing other than a ridiculous rehash of the previous films and the ending doesn't come close to the brilliance of the first two.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Well it looks like its gonna go on and on this franchise,
yet more weird and wonderful traps of torture and death but some are getting slightly unimaginative these days. The plot twists n turns like a slippery eel and includes plenty of flashbacks referring to the previous flicks and shows how 'Jigsaw' did stuff. Kinda interesting but to be honest I have forgotten what happened in all of the last 3 films (I only remember the first films plot line really) so this makes this fifth film hard to follow haha.

Lets be honest here...the films thing is gruesome traps, thats why we are here, and to be honest (again) as said they are good but getting less visionary. The best being a really wincing blood letting test near the end for a woman and man and the final trap being REALLY nasty for the pursuing cop...but you don't see the whole sick outcome as the this is where the film ends very abruptly..shame.

Not bad but getting atad too long in the tooth now, it should end.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Saw 5 is better than Saw 4, but its still just another Saw film that dissapointed me. The story was ok, I enjoyed the detail on Hoffmans story in past films, and the story that follows the five victims, but it just felt hollow like now they aren't even trying. The cast is another cast from Saw, they are just paid to talk like they are smart and scream when being tortured. The gore is great, its one of the goriest in the entire series. This was not the best Saw film, but it was an improvement over the fourth film.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Saw V Quotes

Mallick: My god it's a hook!
Brit: Just stick it in the head, God-dammit!
– Submitted by Wouter V (4 years ago)
Charles: Relax!
Mallick: I am fucking relaxed!
– Submitted by Rob B (4 years ago)
Luba: What did you do?
Brit: You go first.
– Submitted by Rob B (4 years ago)
Jigsaw/John: I am the man you call 'Jigsaw.'
– Submitted by Rob B (4 years ago)

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